Pettit Horizons Ablative is an affordable ablative bottom paint. Ablative technology allows the surface to slowly wear away over time, creating a consistently smooth finish that is effective against barnacles and other hard fouling pests in all water conditions.
Enjoy the benefit of never having to sand as the paint will work away. Horizons provides excellent multi-season protection for trailered, rack stored and winter stored boats. This bottom paint offers economical price with effective performance in all conditions, including severe fouling waters.
Note: Odyssey HD is Pettit's suggested alternative if you've previously used Pettit Horizons, and is covered by Pettit's new HD (Hull Defense) 18 month manufacturer's limited warranty.
Application Method: Brush, Roller, Airless or Conventional
Number of Coats: 2 or 3
Dry Film Thickness per Coat: 2 mils
Application Temp: 50Deg F. Min.,
90Deg F. Max.
Horizons is heavily loaded with cuprous oxide. As a result of this loading there
is a tendency for settling to occur, especially if the paint has been on the shelf
for several months. It is necessary to thoroughly mix the paint before using. If
possible, shake the can of paint on a mechanical paint shaker. Before using,
check the sides and bottom of the can to make sure all the pigment has been
mixed in. If mixing is going to be done with a wooden paddle or an electric
drill mixer, pour off half of the liquid from the top of the can into another can
and then properly mix in any settled pigment; then remix the two parts together
Adhere to all application instructions, precautions, conditions, and limitations to
obtain optimum performance. Refer to individual labels and tech sheets for
detailed instructions when using associated products, etc. Do not thin Horizons
more than 10% (12 ounces per gallon) or inadequate paint film thickness will
occur and premature erosion of the finish will be likely. Do not apply Horizons
in thick films or in more than four coats as poor adhesion may result. When
applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover.
Coating performance, in general, is proportional to the degree of surface
preparation. Follow recommendations carefully, avoiding shortcuts. Inadequate
preparation of surfaces will virtually assure inadequate coating performance.
No antifouling paint can be effective under all conditions of exposure. Man
made pollution and natural occurrences can adversely affect antifouling paint
performance. Extreme hot and cold water temperatures, silt, dirt, oil, brackish
water and even electrolysis can ruin an antifouling paint. Therefore, we strongly
suggest that the bottom of the boat be checked regularly to make sure it is clean
and that no growth is occurring. Lightly scrub the bottom with a soft brush to
remove anything from the antifouling paint surface. Scrubbing is particularly
important with boats that are idle for extended periods of time. The selfcleaning
nature of the coating is most effective when the boat is used periodically.
Horizons is the standard Ablative antifouling for many boatyards.
Ablative Technology Reduces Coating Build-up
Launch and Relaunch without Repainting
Economically Priced for Multi-season Protection
Excellent for Trailered Boats
Dry Time Hours
Number Of Parts:
Copper AF Paint
thin with what?
I used the thinner recommended by the manufacturer which isPettit #185 Ablative Thinner. Do not thin more than 10% by volume. I believe there are directions on the paint can for how much to thin.
They recommend Pettit Thinner 185 Ablative thinner, model number 488999.
does multi-season work if boat is hauled for 7 months... it is a powerboat...in Buzzards Bay, Ma.?
This paint has worked well for me in Rhode Island for many years. I am out of the water for 7 months each season
do you have to sand before using this paint?
I have used Pettit Horizon for many years and I always light sand and then wipe with thinner before applying.
A light sanding with 80 grip is usually recommended, but if the old paint is still in good shape, just apply two coats of Horizons. I got 2 1/2 years of excellent service from this paint in the Chesapeake Bay and could have gone through this season as well without a recoat.
Do you have to use a thinner with Pettit Horizons Multi-Season Anti-Fouling Paint, if applies with a roller?
We did 2 coats with no thinner and 1/4" nap roller, no probs... I had the thinner but never used it - temp about 50-65degF
Hi Emil:Made 2 purchases (seperate orders) of Horizon and Trilux paint sithin 2 days of each other.. Jamestown would not honor not charging HAZMAT charge on the second order using springboart promotion. Went round and round with your company and would appreciate it if you could forward this to Michael Mills. I spent over $500.00 since Sept 2012 and some mid level manager let a $5.00 HAZMAT charge stand in the way of keeping a good customer. Very dissapointing....Paul Ermanski
No, it applies well with a roller after a good mixing.
Emil,I honestly don't know I have not hauled out yet. I have heard of people thinning ablative paint, but just not sure about the Pettit Horizons. Practical Sailor sure gave this paint a strong recommendation.
how long can boat stay out of water after bottom painting?
Horizons is a multi season Bottom Paint. I can get at least two seasons out of one application
My 22 ft grady goes in the water (Atlantic City) mid May through June and then sits on its trailer until September and October. Other than a few barnacles and some slime at the end of the boating season it is fine
I usually paint one week before launching, and have had no problems. I would not be surprised if the time between painting and launching can be considerably more than that.
I usually prep the bottom and wait until a few days before launching to paint it. I've never pushed it beyond four or five days.
Not up to Tropical Conditions
Applied one coat black then one coat blue. Sailed in the Sea of Cortez. Wiped down with sponge monthly. Except for two 10 day periods in marinas boat was used every other day. Three months after application there were 3/8" barnacles.
Good performance at an affordable price
I have used Horizons bottom paint on my Catalina sailboats for 4 years with good results. I have been able to get 2 years out of each paint job, with only a touchup required between paint jobs. The paint covers well but I apply 2 coats. The paint does a good job of preventing barnacles, however some years I notice some slime staining, not a significant issue.